Its hot in Madras now. Spending an entire day out in the sun, without water to quench your thirst is a kind of torture that can be included in the law as a form of punishment for rapists and killers. In all this, the dress code mania demands that everyone wears proper salwar kameez with dupatta (if you’re a girl, of course), and the men wear formal full sleeved shirts. Or if you’re in college, a Tshirt or a shirt that covers your back pocket. (We will still refuse say the “word”). I understand the office goers sit indoors most of the day in an office that has AC running in full blast. But what happens when they get out? If you were lucky enough to be in a college like mine, you at least have the shades of the lovely trees to make the torture seem less painful.
According to the Times of India survey (that came out on 14th of April), 32% percent of people in Madras find wearing sleeveless offensive. Hmmm.. I just have one question, its ok to wear really small, almost non-existent sleeves but our pride lies in that extra 3 inches of cloth that cover the upper portion of the arm? Or is it the armhole that’s offensive? What about our ancestors who never wore blouses? Actually, our traditional attire didn’t require us to be covered from head to toe. Cos they understood that it was too much to ask for in a hot city! A disclaimer seems necessary now. I’m not advocating skimpy clothes. If you want to wear an airy sleeveless shirt, you must be able to without worrying about the self-designated moral police brigade that seems to be abundant in the city.
This first issue’s survey made Madras sound like a overgrown village, which seems to be a popular opinion. I’m not pitching for Madras to be voted the most happening place in the next survey. I understand the heat can throw you off track and disillusion you, but don’t lose hope! Its only April now, and May will be worse. By the end of May, you will not be concerned about anything other than the making sure you always have at least a fan running above your head. We’ll talk about this then!